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Dayton school board: Supt. Corr slept, was ‘unkempt’ at teacher talks

Published: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 @ 6:10 PM
Updated: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 @ 9:35 PM

Look into the allegations against DPS superintendent Corr

Dayton School Superintendent Rhonda Corr slept in front of the federal mediator during an Aug. 9 contract negotiating session, berated high-level administrators and received death benefits for a domestic partner while legally married to another person, according to a pre-disciplinary hearing notice released Tuesday.

The notice from Dayton’s school board provides the first detailed explanation for why the board placed Corr on administrative leave after a four-hour executive session seven days earlier.

LAST WEEK: School board puts superintendent Corr on paid leave

“Administrators report a hostile working environment created by your behaviors,” the hearing notice signed by school board President Robert Walker says. “District employees have expressed their reluctance to continue working with you as you undermine, disparage, and bully them.”

The same school board had unanimously given Corr a three-year contract extension in February after seven months of work, then gave her a glowing performance review on Oct. 3.

Tuesday’s notice says that the board “is considering disciplinary action” against Corr that “may include termination of your Superintendent’s contract for good and just cause.” It says Corr’s alleged actions violate multiple school board policies, “constitute conduct unbecoming an educator” and “violate the trust and confidence the Board of Education has placed in you.”

8 WEEKS AGO: School board gives Corr glowing evaluation

“They further demonstrate your inability to lead the District and reflect poorly on the District as a whole,” the notice says, warning that Corr could be suspended without pay pending termination proceedings. She is currently getting paid her salary while on leave.

The hearing notice does not include numerous accusations of racial discrimination/harassment that were part of a report the school board mentioned publicly last week. That report, also released Tuesday night, found that Corr committed one violation of board policy. The report recommended policy training for Corr and that she stop certain speech patterns that some employees referred to as “black talk.”

READ MORE: Report: Supt. Corr violated 1 DPS policy on racial discrimination

The hearing letter goes into detail on several allegations.

In September 2016, Corr told Executive Director of Human Resources Judy Spurlock that the school board had agreed to pay moving expenses and a certain retirement benefit for new administrators Elizabeth Lolli and Markay Winston, according to the notice.

Corr “demanded that the payments be added immediately,” the notice says, but the board had not approved the expenses as Corr indicated, and the contract modification led to an internal audit warning, according to the notice. In a later meeting with the board, the document says, Corr allegedly said she had told Spurlock she did not have authority to offer those payments, which the board then had to approve retroactively.

RELATED: A look back at DPS’ turbulent 16 months under Corr

The notice says Corr did not “act professionally” at the Aug. 9, 2017, negotiating session, which came just two days before teachers union’s strike deadline. Corr, the notice says, arrived late, said she was ill and appeared “unkempt.”

“Rather than excusing yourself from the meeting, you behaved unprofessionally by sleeping during caucuses in front of the mediator and your fellow bargaining team members,” the DPS document says.

The document says Corr listed “inaccurate information on board documents.” On July 1, 2016, it says, she marked on her W-4 form that she was single and signed the form under penalty of perjury. But Montgomery County Common Pleas Court documents reveal that on Oct. 3, 2017, Corr filed for divorce from her spouse whom she had married in 2007 in Massachusetts.

RELATED: Dayton, other districts face sex-with-students cases

The notice also says she used her position as superintendent “to promote your self-interests.” It says she lobbied Human Resources officials to make life insurance available to employees’ spouses and domestic partners a short time after she was hired in 2016, and then, after it was approved, purchased life insurance for a “domestic partner” who was already ill and passed away on Oct. 15, 2016.

This occurred “even though you were legally married to another person and had not obtained a legal separation,” the document says.

RELATED: Dayton schools improve long-term busing problems

It also accuses Corr of failing to request approval for absences from the DPS treasurer, as the board requires so that her number of days off can be tracked. The notice lists nine days “at a minimum” when she was absent from work without getting prior approval.

After one of the allegations in the report, the notice says: “You refuse to accept responsibility for your actions.”

Corr is scheduled to meet with the school board’s designated hearing officer at 9 a.m. Dec. 13 to tell her side of the story. She could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday.

'Potentially hazardous' monster asteroid will fly close to Earth

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 2:08 AM

Asteroid rendering (NASA)
NASA/For the AJC
Asteroid rendering (NASA)(NASA/For the AJC)

monster space rock classified by NASA as "potentially hazardous" is headed toward Earth.

Asteroid 2002 AJ129 – which at 0.7 miles is wider than the tallest building in the U.S. (New York's One World Trade Center) stacked on top of itself – is predicted to miss our planet, according to Metro. However, it will pass relatively close in terms of outer space.

>> On AJC.com: NASA: Asteroid could destroy Earth in 22nd century

NASA classifies any space object surpassing 459 feet wide and passing within 4,660,000 miles of Earth as "hazardous," according to a 2013 report on the space agency's website. There are about 1,000 such known space objects monitored by NASA.

This asteroid is more than eight times wider than the minimum (3,696 feet) and will pass within just over half the minimum distance (2,615,128 miles) to our planet.

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For a reference point, the moon orbits Earth at a distance of about 238,855 miles.

The giant asteroid is expected to "narrowly" miss our planet on Feb. 4, whizzing past us at a whopping 67,000 miles per hour. It will be the biggest and fastest space object to fly near Earth this year, according to The Daily Star.

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Another meteor? Reports come in of bright flash across Ohio, Ind. night sky

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 1:21 AM

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Another meteor may have lit up the sky late Wednesday night.

Several reports have come into our newsroom of a bright flash that shot across the sky just before midnight. People from Englewood, Marysville and Randolph County, Ind. have said they saw the bright flash, with some saying it was bright blue or blue/green.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

The American Meteor Society received several reports of a meteor in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Kentucky.

A meteor was spotted in Ohio, Michigan and Canada late Tuesday. 

>> VIDEOS: Meteor spotted in Ohio, Michigan, Canada

Georgia sheriff: I don't care if you're from Wisconsin or need beer, stay home

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 1:13 AM

Safety Tips for Driving on Icy Roads

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office was back at it again with the jokes (and insults) as Georgia woke up to a messy wintry mix Wednesday, prompting schools, businesses and nearly three-fourths of the state’s roadways to close.

>> Is it safe to eat snow? Here's why you really shouldn't

Stay home. Just STAY HOME

Posted by Oconee County Georgia Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, January 17, 2018
 

State government offices are remaining closed for non-essential personnel Thursday across the 83 counties affected by winter weather, Gov. Nathan Deal said.

>> Tips, warning signs for frostbite, hypothermia

Although the weather’s no joke, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office brought some humor to its Facebook page on what many found to be a frustrating snow day.

>> 5 things you won’t want to leave in a freezing car

“I know you need cigarettes, beer and wine to get you through having your kids at home. Can you just do without for a day? Stay home,” one post read.

In another post, the office noted the multiple morning crashes due to the inclement weather. “Body shops and wrecker companies just love y’all.”

More from the Sheriff’s Office:

There is an incoming ballistic missile...er, wait. That was the wrong button. Ok. Got it now. Oconee County Government is closed today due to weather.

Posted by Oconee County Georgia Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, January 17, 2018

If a Deputy is directing you to not travel down a roadway, he or she probably has a good reason for doing so. The fact that you are from Wisconsin and “this ain’t sh..” is really not pertinent.

Posted by Oconee County Georgia Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, January 17, 2018

I know what y'all are doing. You looked out the window and saw your driveway and the 87 feet of road you can see looks...

Posted by Oconee County Georgia Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, January 17, 2018

>> On AJC.com: How to prepare your family, home and car for hazardous weather

While most readers lauded the sheriff’s office for its jokes, some found the announcements to be disrespectful.

“Government entity at its finest. Oconee, be respectful! We all feel what you are saying, however, some of the things you are saying are offense considering you are a government office and serving the public (those stupid beer and cigarette runners). Thank you!” commenter Wendi Turpen Hood wrote.

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Another commenter, Nikki Giamarino, noted some serious implications of bad weather.

“My employer called off work. But what about people who’s employer didn’t? What about single parents who cannot afford to lose their jobs due to absence? I wish the world was a kinder place,” she wrote.

>> On AJC.com: Atlanta snow 2018: Twitter erupts in memes, jokes and snowy scenes

This isn’t the first time the Oconee Sheriff’s Office has garnered attention for its humor.

Following Georgia’s win against Auburn last month, the office wrote, “Show proof you graduated from Auburn and we will discount your speeding tickets by 5 miles per hour,” the post said. “Y'all have had enough of a beating today.”

In August, before the total solar eclipse, Oconee Sheriff Scott Berry warned residents to prepare for the end of the world. “It’s very likely this is the end of life on this planet as we know it,” he wrote.

Dayton traffic from the WHIO traffic center

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 12:47 AM
Updated: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 12:47 AM

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Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY

  • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More information is available here.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west and east, Lane width restriction until Apr. 1, 2018. One lane will remain open on the ramp with a width of 11 feet.